Fertilizing Peaches

krismast(6 S.E. PA)May 30, 2013

Hello. I have had this peach tree for about three years now. I believe it's a white flesh peach named snow princess or something like that. I haven't fertilized it and I'm sure that's not good, but I'm trying to take better care of it from here on out :) The past two years, I have had problems with peach leaf curl. I applied a fungicide late in the winter and it seems to have taken care of most of it. But what exactly should I be using for fertilizer and how often do I apply it, and in what way do I apply it? The tree is planted about 6 or so feet from the edge of one of our crop fields. Is it possible it wouldn't need any fertilizer because of fertilizers used on the crops? This is my first in ground fruit tree so I'm a little new at this. I know enough that people don't like those fruit spikes so I know not to use those. Also should I be watering the tree regularly if we don't get rain? I'm not sure how I could as its a little bit of a distance from a water source.

Thanks for all your help!

Kristopher

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fireduck(10a)

K...it depends on your soil...as to the importance of fertilizer. Deep and heavy clay-like soils are nutrient rich. Sandy soils need help. Identify your soil type and go from there. An all-around fertilizer never hurts during the growing season. How do you protect from birds???

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 8:44PM
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krismast(6 S.E. PA)

Thanks for your reply. We have pretty rich clay soil here so maybe I won't need to fertilize as much as I thought. I haven't ever had a problem with birds yet. But to be honest the past couple of years I picked most of the fruit off to help the tree recover from the leaf curl. I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it but we have a LOT of ornamental berry producing trees and shrubs. Also around the time the peaches are ripe, there's a whole field of corn for them to pig out on. They seem to focus on those and leave my sweet stuff alone. (Knock on wood)

Kristopher

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 8:59PM
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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

Kristopher
I fertilize light on peach tree about 2 pounds that one quart jar full fertilizer I use 10-10-10 premium grade fertilizer common name garden fertilizer label have photo veg. on it. I spread out with my heal to trunk tree that keeps off trunk.
Fertilize any time there no fruit on tree I start first bloom then nothing until after fruit pick off then prune and fertilize again.
Peach tree don't like wet roots at all summer are winter they need less water than most fruit trees 2 quarts water week if tree needs water, you get into trouble watering because rain can come on top your watering and kill tree.
Once you get strong tree structure, that hold a load of fruit you can cut back on fertilize to just at bloom this fertilize size up fruit to large size.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 10:27PM
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alan haigh

Does depend on the soil but a general maintenance fertilizer for peaches usually consists of about equal parts N and K with a touch of boron around here in the commercial peach trade. Peaches are relatively heavy feeders.

Most soils around here carry adequate P and it is not a good idea to blindly add it to the soil unless you've some idea what's there to begin with. It is a nutrient that in excess creates an imbalance by tying up other nutrients.

If you mulch trees- even with low N materials like wood chips, over time the soil provides most of what trees need in most soils. If tree is growing vigorously already, it probably doesn't need much help.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2013 at 4:34AM
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krismast(6 S.E. PA)

Thanks for your replies everyone. Maybe I will do a soil test in this area to get a better idea of the composition of my soil. Do you think that would be a good idea? I've never done anything like that and I think it would be interesting to see the results.

Kristopher

    Bookmark   June 2, 2013 at 10:33AM
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